A place for critiques and discussions about restoration ecology research, ideas, and practice.
Original contributions by UC Berkeley graduate students as part of the Fall 2010 Environmental Science, Policy, and Management graduate seminar on restoration ecology.
ESPM 290: Graduate seminar in Restoration Ecology (2 credit hours)
Fridays, 10-11:30 in 106 Mulford
"Here is the means to end the great extinction spasm. The next century will, I believe, be the era of restoration in ecology" – E. O Wilson
While restoration ecology is a relatively new science, it has grown rapidly over the past 20 years – an inevitable consequence of increased human impact and exploitation of ecosystems as well as increased mandates for an ecosystem approach to adaptive management.
As problems of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation increasingly enter the mainstream political agenda, policy makers and managers will be pushed to evaluate investment in restoration efforts. Likewise, restoration ecology will be more and more pressed to evaluate whether its science effectively informs both the goal-setting and success of management efforts.
The seminar will focus on discussing core literature, sharing critiques of a broader set of current work (to form an online annotated bibliography), and identifying important gaps that could be incorporated into research programs.